In 2010 (the latest year for which data is available), Florida Highway Patrol and local police officers issued more than 52,000 tickets to drivers suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These drivers caused 660 alcohol-related traffic deaths. That's almost two deaths each day!
Law enforcement officials say that the majority of Florida drunk driving fatalities occur between Thanksgiving Eve and New Year's Day. West Palm Beach accident attorney David Glatthorn believes it is possible that some of these Florida drunk-driving deaths may have been prevented if a witness had recognized the signs of drunk driving and called the police before the crash.
These signs that a driver may be intoxicated come from the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) website.
- The driver ignores lights and other traffic signals.
- The driver has a delayed reaction to lights and other traffic signals.
- The driver gives improper signals.
- The driver does not appear to be following traffic laws.
- The driver is going the wrong way or driving in the wrong lane.
- The car is drifting to the right or left.
- The car is on center line.
- The driver has trouble staying in his lane.
- The car is weaving from side to side within his lane.
- The car is driving on the sidewalk, shoulder, emergency lane, or median.
- The driver almost strikes a person, object, or another vehicle.
- Random braking.
- Inappropriate stops.
- Random stops and starts while the driver is in the traffic lane.
- The driver makes illegal turns.
- The car's lights are off when they should be on.
- The driver makes sudden turns without signaling.
- The driver makes wide radius turns even when the turns can be completed easily.
- The drivers speed changes erratically.
- The driver is going more than ten miles below the speed limit.
- The driver is following another car too closely.
- The driver passes to closely.
- The driver is hunched over or leaning to one side.
If you suspect that a driver is under the influence, get out of the driver's way. Don't try to pass the driver or follow him. Stop in a safe location and call 911. Report the driver's behavior and give a description of his appearance and his car. Never try to stop or confront a drunk driver.
Your actions may prevent a West Palm Beach drunk driving accident.
West Palm Beach accident injury lawyer David Glatthorn helps victims of Florida DUI accidents find justice and accountability. To learn more, request a free copy of The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim or contact David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.